2007-09-22 / Outdoors

Elk hunt licenses awarded

No luck of the draw for local hunters

Local hunters didn't fare too well in the luck of the draw Saturday at the ninth annual Pennsylvania Elk Expo in Kersey.

None of the applicants from Cameron, Potter or Elk counties was chosen for an elk-hunting license during the Game Commission-supervised drawing. James Master of Gifford, McKean County, and Travis Zanders of Wellsville, N.Y., were the only area hunters to be picked.

Although cooler temperatures and occasional rain showers may have cut into the crowd for the two-day Elk Expo, the turnout was still good, said event coordinator Carla Wehler.

One highlight was a performance by Tim Bradley, worldclass exhibition shooter.

Chainsaw carvers turned tree trunks into works of art, while visitors strolled the exhibit hall to look over trophy deer and elk mounts. The more adventurous sampled rare cuisine that included elk and buffalo burgers and elk jerky.

The Pa. Game Commission authorized the first modern-day elk hunt in 2001. More than 50,000 hunters applied for those 30 licenses.

Last year, the agency held the state's first-ever September elk hunt, a special season designed to assist farmers who sustain substantial elk crop damage in the early fall, before crops are harvested. The hunt was gen- erally considered a failure, since elk populations had left the area by the time hunting was allowed.

There were 17,245 elk license applications for this year's drawing, down from 18,877 in 2006. Those who had never previously been drawn for a license could also have up to five preference points. When preference points were factored in, it made for a total of 56,841 names in the computer.

The following individuals were drawn for bull elk licenses for the November 2007 season:

Fred Baumgarden, Allegheny County; Randy Behney, Lebanon County; Douglas Bobeck, Linwood, N. J.; Darren Deltondo, Allegheny County; Thomas Gach, Cambria County; Chad Heintzelman, Columbia County; Dennis Henry, Westmoreland County; James Master, McKean County; Keith Quigel, Lycoming County; Harry Rhone, Columbia County; Aaron Richards, Perry County; John Shields, Indiana County; Michael Stone, Downsville, New York; Keith Streightif, Armstrong County, and Clair Zimmerman, Union County.

Drawn for bull elk licenses for the September 2008 season were Carey Bollman, Bedford County, and Bradley Jordan, Armstrong County.

The following were drawn for cow elk licenses for the November 2007 season: Brian Alt, Lackawanna County; James Babco, Indiana County; John Barberio Jr., Cambria County; Tindaro Bisbano, Berks County; Chris Blough, Blair County; Bruce Bomberger, Lebanon County; Clarence Burd Jr., Lancaster County; Robert Domachows, Butler County; Neil Edwards, Centre County; Korey Eppinette, Lancaster County; Jay Farney, Lancaster County; Jamie Field, Lackawanna County; Justin Gamble, Fulton County; Gunther Harold, Berks County; Charles Kilgore, Indiana County; Jason Laudermilc, Lancaster County; Keith Macurdy, Westmoreland County; Robert McClury , Mercer County; James Newman, Centre County; Brandon Pastierik, Allegheny County, Suzy Stefani, Jefferson County; Thomas Steinruck, Montgomery County, Richard Tait, North Fort Myers, Fla; Richard Wiltanger, York County, and Travis Zanders, Wellsville, N.Y.

Drawn for cow elk licenses for the September 2008 season were Donald Detwiler, Montgomery County, Robert Hofer Sr., Perry County, Jamie Hostetter, Adams County, Carl Kemp Jr., Armstrong County, John Loveland, Prince William, Va, David Rogus, Centre County, Dale Schmidt, Lehigh County, and Michael Stoner, Lehigh County.

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